Pennsylvania's 3rd largest city, sort of
Football is a big deal throughout the Midwest, but college football is an especially big deal for Penn State fans. While the population of State College and adjacent College Township is less than 50,000, during Penn State home games as many as 110,000 people crowd into Beaver Stadium. On football Saturdays, there's more people in town than live in Pennsylvania's third largest city (Allentown, pop. 106,000)!!
Penn State University, . Penn State, home of the Nittany Lions, is one of the ten largest universities in America with over 84,000 enrolled students.
Watch a Penn State football game.
4th of July fireworks.
Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. A variety of artists come to display their work on the streets of downtown State College and surrounding campus area. Live music, food stands and family friendly activities bring people from all over Pennsylvania.
There are a number of small shops downtown along College and Beaver Ave. Nittany Mall is also only a few miles away.
The Tavern, 220 E. College Avenue, +1 814 238-6116, . Dinner from 5 PM daily. Adjacent to Penn State, with the expected raucous college-dive atmosphere but considerably better food and service than one might expect.
Creamery, 119 Food Science Building, +1 814 865-7535, . Generally open from 7 am to 10 pm for working days. The largest university creamery in the nation.
Kimchi Korean Restaurant, N. Atherton St. Best Korean food in town!
Viet Thai Restaurant, 146 N. Atherton St.. Serving excellent dishes of both Thai and Vietnamese food, this restaurant is a highlight of State College's Asian cuisine. BYOB
Otto's Pub and Brewery, 2105 North Atherton St., ☎ 814-867-6866, . Microbrewery and pub-style food
Phyrst, 111-1/2 East Beaver Ave., . The Phryst is one of State College's basement bars with a dedication to local music scene, friendly atmosphere, pool tables
Herwig's Austrian Bistro, 132 West College Avenue, 1 814 238-0200, Delicious Austrian Soul Food. Menu is in German, the staff will read it to you in English. BYOB. Credit cards not accepted. Menu changes daily.
There are other numerous restaurants such as Applebees, Chili's, Baby's (a 50s style diner), and many little cafes and smaller restaurants no matter where you find yourself.
Drinking is what State College is known for, second only to football. Whether you prefer sports bars, dance clubs, or Irish pubs, with over 20 bars in a mile radius, everyone is sure to find something to their liking.
Courtyard State College, 1730 University Drive, ☎ +1 814 238-1881 (fax: +1 814 238-3108), .
Greenwood Furnance State Park is located approximately 30 minutes southwest of State College using PA-26 and PA-305. It offers camping, hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities in season.
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